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Fire danger dropped to moderate on Monday, one day after Ashland got about a half inch of rain, its first measurable rainfall since July 15.

Fire danger decreased to ‘moderate’

The fire danger level in Ashland decreased to “moderate” (blue) on Monday, Oct. 1. Restrictions have lessened slightly and include:

It’s now OK to use chain saws, brush cutters and other gas power-driven or spark-emitting machinery and to do welding or grinding of metal before 1 p.m. and after 8 p.m. daily. When using these tools, access to fire suppression equipment is required, including a shovel, water source and/or an eight ounce or larger fire extinguisher and a means of calling 911. Restrictions do not apply in green, well-irrigated landscapes clear of flammable vegetation.

The mowing of dead or dried grass with power-driven equipment is not allowed from 1 to 8 p.m. This prohibition does not apply to the mowing of green lawns.

Outdoor debris burning is still prohibited.

Fireworks and sky lanterns are prohibited at all times.

Smoking is only allowed in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on water or in designated areas.

Motor vehicles may only be used on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except when used for agricultural purposes.

For more information, check out these resources:

www.ashland.or.us/fireseason — Ashland Fire and Rescue website with updated information about fire season.

www.ashlandfirewise.org — Information on easy steps to take to help prevent fire in and around your home.

Wildfire Hotline — 541-552-2490 — Provides information on fires burning in and around Ashland during fire season.

Emergency Broadcast Radio — 1700 AM — This radio station can only be heard in Ashland. It broadcasts information on any emergency affecting the city.

www.swofire.com — Regional fire and smoke related updates.

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